Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross speak with Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst:

Blake Hurst

The proposed “Waters of the United States” rule by the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers will be the focus during a roundtable discussion Thursday morning in Jefferson City hosted by the Missouri Farm Bureau Federation. “We’ve brought together a pretty broad coalition of  industry groups from Missouri including the construction industry, home builders, and limestone and quarry industry,” said Hurst, “When we’re done, we hope to have composed a letter to Governor Nixon asking him to call upon the EPA to withdraw their rule on the Waters of the U.S.”

Hurst said he’s confident the session will be successful.  “We’ve got quite a few people signing on,” said Hurst, “There’s just a tremendous amount of concern from people who work outdoors, basically,” said Hurst, “Rather you’re farming or doing construction work there’s a great deal of trepidation and fear about this rule.”

The EPA and the Corps have recently extended the comment period on the proposed rule through November 14th.

An interactive web mapping service will be used during the session to show the reach of the rule in Missouri.  The meeting is set to begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Missouri Farm Bureau Center.